16 August 2007

Just Putting It Out There

Every semester I get someone who doesn't tell me they're dyslexic and then wonders why they're struggling with the workload, despite the fact that every semester, I include this in my syllabus for each class.

Individual Needs:

We all have them. Here are some ways to get yours met.

Academic Resource Center: Students are strongly advised to visit the ARC if they are struggling with reading and writing assignments. Tutors can help students master writing skills (but they cannot and will not write or rewrite your assignments for you). They are there to empower you with the skills for learning.

Disability Support Services: Students with documented learning, physical, or psychological differences should contact R________ at 215.555.0000 x123 for academic accommodations. In addition, please notify me as soon as possible. A learning difference should not be viewed shamefully. Everyone learns differently. If you know the strengths and weaknesses of your particular learning style and make them known to your instructors and Support Services Counselors, we will be better equipped to respond to your needs and help you acquire the knowledge you desire in a manner that suits your particular needs.

1 comment:

raymond pert said...

Often we college instructors and professors put much more stock in and pay much more attention to the syllabus than our students do.

At Lane Community College, where I teach, I try to remember that I have intimate knowledge of the culture of a college and most of my students don't. I find that my best efforts as a teacher can be wasted if my students do not really understand the ins and outs of the institution/culture itself: tutors, tutoring center, disability support services, counseling and advising, and, of course, the contractual and informative nature of the course syllabus.

Good luck in your work.